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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Writing, Talent, Art, Assemblies-February 26, 2013


Dear Sexton Mt. Families:    

Monday afternoon I was in Ms. Watson’s class while students were writing about their day.  I happened to be by Thai and Omar.  They wrote about xylophones in music and croissants for lunch.  Around the room students were hard at work writing about events of the day.  Kids were focused on getting their jobs done.  There is something special about the hum of productivity in an elementary school!

Friday night was a very special night as students enjoyed art projects, viewing the work of others and sharing talents at Family Art Night.  Thanks to Lisel Jeck-Buzan for organizing such an interesting night for our families!  From the hands-on projects to displays, kids were very engaged in the gym.  In the cafeteria, we had over 30 different acts with everything from comedy to board breaking.   We are lucky to have such interesting and interested kids!

Our next evening event will be Thursday, March 7 from 6:30-7:30pm as we celebrate Family Literacy Night.  I hope your family is enjoying Lemonade Wars.  If you are following the suggested reading plan, you should be just about done with chapter 11.  This chapter provides you with a wonderful opportunity for discussion about what you can learn from characters in books.  We know what NOT to do as we read about the experiences of others.  

Today we had Aaron Meyer share his acoustic and electric violins with students at a morning assembly thanks to the Oregon Music Hall of Fame and the Music Workshop Project.  Students learned about world music styles and were treated to songs inspired by Russian museums, Led Zeppelin, Irish artists and South American influence.   Our primary students were also treated to a presentation on safety with electricity by the Oregon Children’s Theater (thanks to PGE).   Ask your child about our special guests and what was learned.

Our school’s Battle of the Books battles finished today with a close match.  Congratulations to the Book Reading Bees-Lily, Hannah, Haley and Kaiya.  They will represent our school at the regional battle on March 16, 2013 at Oregon Episcopal School.   I was proud of the work our teams put into this project.  This afternoon I was talking to a group of fifth graders and was impressed by what nice things the students had to say about the teams that made it to the final battle.  How cool is it that we have such great kids?! 

Great things are happening at Sexton Mountain School.  Thank you for sharing your children with us!

Take Care,

Dr. Teresa Clemens-Brower
a.k.a. Mrs. C.-B.
Principal

Thank you!
§  Thank you to Crystal Wilson for a generous donation of hand soap. 
§  Thank you to Jenny Tan and Durga Singhal for sharing photos of Family Art Night.  Check out the cool posters in our entry.
§  Thanks to Susan Rehm for volunteering to share information with community members about our current budget reality.
§  Thanks to Polly Campbell for watching for opportunities to share information with community members about our current budget reality.
§  Thanks to Grace Campbell and Roger Golliver for donating countless hours so that our kids could have a Battle of the Books this year.

Lemonade Math
The characters in Lemonade War are working to earn money for an ipod or to donate to the Animal Rescue League.  Whether it’s saving for a special item, a fabulous trip, or a fund raising goal for a good cause, knowing how to set and work toward financial goals is an important life AND math skills.  This week talk about strategies your family uses to meet goals.



Lemonade War Service Project
In Lemonade War we’ve read about how two of the characters decide to make a donation to helping organization. We’ve entered THE GREAT LEMONADE WAR, a fundraising contest to help find childhood cancer.  The winner of the war not only contributes to a good cause but also will be rewarded with a visit from Jacquline Davies’  author of The Lemonade War.
You can make a contribution to the Sexton Mountain team by sending coins to the office or by visiting:
 So far we’ve raised over $100!

Upcoming Events
February 26-Aaron Meyer Assembly at 8:25am-This is a kick off to Music Workshop.
February 26-Electric Safety Assembly for K-3rd Grade at 2:00pm
February 28-Spirit Assembly at 8:25am
March 7-Family Literacy Night 6:30-7:30pm
March 11-Budget Reduction Day-No School
March 13-Fuddruckers-Dining With Dollars
March 14- Kindergarten Orientation Night
March 15-Grading Day-No School
March 25-29-Spring Break-No School

Wish List--These are little things or jobs that will make a difference to our kids. Feel free to send items in or let Mrs. CB know if you are willing to do a project.
§  Volunteers to Help with Budget Brainstorming and Messaging-Volunteers needed to help inform community members, local businesses and state decision makers about how current budget realities honestly impact OUR students. 
§  Postcards-We love to send our students postcards of praise.  Our supplies are dwindling.  Postcards from around the town or around the world are always appreciated and we promise to put them to good use.
§  Volunteers Wanted-Kindergarten Orientation is March 14. We need about 10 volunteers to serve as our official parent “Welcome Wagon” from 7:00-7:45pm.  If you would like to give a tour of the build to a small group of incoming kindergarten parents, please let me know.  We will have a map and guidebook so no experience is necessary but a warm and welcoming attitude is a MUST!
§  Hospitality Help-On April 12 our school will host 90 teachers from around the District for a special training.  Grade level will spend the morning here and we’d like to provide juice, coffee, donuts, fruit and bagels for the teachers as they work.  If you would like to help with our hospitality effort by providing any of these things, please let Mrs. CB know.  We will not spend school dollars on snacks for staff but we certainly like to make guests feel welcome.  











Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Art Night, Dance, Lemonade and More-Feb. 19, 2013







Dear Sexton Mt. Families:                                                                                                                                                               

Our kindergarten scientists explored the wetlands area this morning.  Armed with clipboard they enjoyed the glorious sunshine as they walked out to the corner of 155th and Sexton Mountain Drive.  Immediately, they noticed the call of birds, different plants beginning to poke out of the water and the fuzz of cattails.  Two ducks were busy preening and children speculated about what they were doing when the bobbed their heads underwater.  Thanks to Ronda Wong and Jen Fife-Adams for keeping our researchers focused and safe on the journey.    Students made sketches and will have much to write about.  

The changing seasons provide opportunities for students to put their observation skills to work. On your way to school each morning, ask your child tell you about what they notice.   Our Science Fair will be held April 11 so now is the perfect time to be thinking about possible projects.  Fourth and fifth graders will have assigned projects but younger students might enjoy sharing observations of nature. 

Students certainly had fun Friday night at the 100th Day Dance!  Thanks to all who volunteered to help with set up, clean up and everything in between. Thanks to Kate Kristensen for spearheading the project.  This Friday night, the Art Fair and Talent Show will provide another opportunity for families to come together for our students.  I look forward to seeing you February 22 between 6:30-8:30pm. 



We have many things on the calendar in the upcoming months but something you will not see on the schedule are Spring Conferences.  Due to the reduction in students' instructional time this school year, a total of 7 days (5 budget reduction days and 2 days for fall conferences), the District will not be conducting spring conferences this year.  We know this is not ideal, but we need to preserve instructional time for all students.  Teachers will complete the Plan and Profile, and include the Plan and Profile with the end of the year report card. 

Great things are happening at Sexton Mountain School.  Thank you for sharing your children with us!

Take Care,

Dr. Teresa Clemens-Brower
a.k.a. Mrs. C.-B.
Principal

Thank you!
§  Thanks to Robyn Fuenmayor for shopping for needed items.
§  Thanks to Tonya Hellerstedt for the donation of soap.
§  Thanks to Sarah Wolfe for the donation of tissues.
§  Thanks to the Erickkson family for the donation of soap.
§  Thanks to Lindsay Maher for researching apps for ipads for us.
§  Thanks to Kim Hurd for the donation of hand soap.
§  Thanks to Grace Cambell for health treats for the staff.

Lemonade Math
The characters in our book go through many cans of frozen lemonade.  This week, I was shopping at an unfamiliar store and found myself near the drink mixes.  Did you know there are a number of powdered drink mixes that are lemonade flavored?  If your family made frozen lemonade two weeks ago, or lemonade from scratch last week, it might be interesting to compare the price, taste and process with one of the available powdered drink mixes OR just compare prices.  Country Time lemonade was on sale 2 for $3.00 and Essential Everyday Lemonade cost $2.69.  Each container makes 32 cups.   How much would each cup of lemonade cost using these mixes?

     


Lemonade War Service Project
Later in Lemonade War we’ll read about how two of the characters decide to make a donation to helping organization. We’ve entered THE GREAT LEMONADE WAR, a fundraising contest to help find childhood cancer.  The winner of the war not only contributes to a good cause but also will be rewarded with a visit from Jacquline Davies’  author of The Lemonade War.
You can make a contribution to the Sexton Mountain team by sending coins to the office or by visiting:

Upcoming Events
February 20 Passport Club Check Day (Grades 3,4,5)-Email Heidi at glacierlodge@comcast.net to volunteer.
February 22 5th Grade Biz Town Field Trip
February 22-Art Fair 6:30-8:30pm
February 26-Aaron Meyer Assembly at 8:2am-This is a kick off to Music Workshop.
February 26-Electric Safety Assembly for K-3rd Grade at 2:00pm
February 28-Spirit Assembly at 8:25am
March 7-Family Literacy Night 6:30-7:30pm
March 11-Budget Reduction Day-No School
March 13-Fuddruckers-Dining With Dollars
March 14- Kindergarten Orientation Night
March 15-Grading Day-No School
March 25-29-Spring Break-No School

Wish List--These are little things or jobs that will make a difference to our kids. Feel free to send items in or let Mrs. CB know if you are willing to do a project.

§  Postcards-We love to send our students postcards of praise.  Our supplies are dwindling.  Postcards from around the town or around the world are always appreciated and we promise to put them to good use.

§  Valentines-We will be collecting unused Valentine’s cards.  If you have extras you’d like to put to good use, send them to school.

§  Volunteers Wanted-Kindergarten Orientation is March 14. We need about 10 volunteers to serve as our official parent “Welcome Wagon” from 7:00-7:45pm.  If you would like to give a tour of the build to a small group of incoming kindergarten parents, please let me know.  We will have a map and guidebook so no experience is necessary but a warm and welcoming attitude is a MUST!
 


Monday, February 11, 2013

Lemons, Perspective and Math-February 12, 2013


Dear Sexton Mountain Families:

Last Friday I was outside of Mr. Pfaff’s classroom at dismissal time.  Several of his students exclaimed their delight in our One Book, One School selection.  They confessed to reading ahead because they just could not stop at one chapter.  I hope that your family is enjoying the book as much as the third graders I talked to.  I look forward to the upcoming weeks as kids talk more about the story. 

One of the things I appreciate about The Lemonade War is how the story is told from two different perspectives.  One of the things I often notice about the students I get to work with in the office for major problems is that they have seldom considered the perspectives of others.  I wonder how our world would be different if we could better understand the journey of others. 

Recently, we had some lunch guests join us from Canfield Place (the leisure care center on Hart and Murray).  Mrs. Olson’s and Mrs. Weigel’s classes got to enjoy conversation over lunch.  The two groups thoughtfully questioned one another.  Our kids were interesting sharers and interested listeners, so it was fun to watch the kids learn about different perspectives.

Great things are happening at Sexton Mountain School on a regular basis.  Thanks for sharing your children with us!

Take Care,

Dr. Teresa Clemens-Brower
a.k.a. Mrs. C.-B.
Principal

Thank you!
§  Thanks to Robyn Fuenmayor for providing snacks for our last staff meeting.
§  Thanks to Holly Bishop for volunteering in the computer lab so that our fifth graders can have extra morning math practice.
§  Thanks to Kristin Hayes for cutting and counting 100’s day stickers for our students.
§  Thanks to Kate Kristiansen for donating 100’s day stickers for our students.
§  Thanks to our volunteers from Canfield Place Leisure Care Center for giving our kids extra math practice.
§  Thanks to Teresa Wymetalek for finding a guest speaker to share during Poison Prevention week.
§  Thanks to Rachael Cillo for helping to create classroom markers to make school assemblies a bit easier.
§  Thanks to Robyn Fuenmayor for picking up books from Powell’s for us.
§  Thanks to Tiffany Hellum for organizing the Eco Think Club and for recruiting PSU students to help teach our students about sustainability.
§  Thanks to Geri Ingalls for a donation of hand soap and an idea for stretching it further.

Lemonade Math
The characters in our book go through many cans of frozen lemonade.  Did you visit the frozen food section of the grocery store last week?  Did you compare lemonade prices?  A pitcher of lemonade made from a frozen mix costs about a dollar to make.  How much would it cost to make a pitcher of lemonade from scratch?

 According to the recipe below, 4-6 lemons have juice enough to fill one cup.  This week when you visit the grocery story, have your kids check out the produce section. 
§  How many types of lemons does the store carry? 
§  Compare sizes, shapes and prices. 
§  Have your child estimate the weight of a lemon then weigh it.  You might want to have them feel the weight of a one pound baby of baby carrots or a five pound bag of potatoes to given the a reference for different weights. 
§   Use the scale to see about how many lemons equal about a pound. 
§  Compare different types of lemons.  Are some heavier than others?  Why do you suppose this is? 
§  If it takes 4-6 lemons for the recipe below, how much would it cost for just the lemons for the recipe?
§  Would this lemonade cost more or less to make than the lemonade from a frozen can?
§  What are the benefits and costs of making lemonade from lemons compared to a frozen mix?



Last weekend when I visited New Seasons, I found two types of lemons.  According to the produce expert there, Meyer’s lemons are sweeter and juicier than the others.  She picks her lemons by finding the darker yellow colored lemons because they are the juiciest.  The organic lemons were $1.99 per pound.  One lemon was about a half pound.  The Meyer’s lemons were $2.99 a pound.

Remember that following a recipe provides authentic experiences for your child in reading and math.  A  recipe for lemonade is below just in case your family would like to make some lemonade.

INGREDIENTS
                  1 cup sugar (can reduce to 3/4 cup)
                  1 cup water (for the simple syrup)
                  1 cup lemon juice
                  3 to 4 cups cold water (to dilute)
METHOD
§  Make simple syrup by heating the sugar and water in a small saucepan until the sugar is dissolved completely.
§   While the sugar is dissolving, use a juicer to extract the juice from 4 to 6 lemons, enough for one cup of juice.
§  Add the juice and the sugar water to a pitcher. Add 3 to 4 cups of cold water, more or less to the desired strength. Refrigerate 30 to 40 minutes. If the lemonade is a little sweet for your taste, add a little more straight lemon juice to it.
§  Serve with ice, sliced lemons.


Lemonade War Service Project
Later in Lemonade War we’ll read about how two of the characters decide to make a donation to help an organization. We’ve entered THE GREAT LEMONADE WAR, a fundraising contest to help fight childhood cancer.  The winner of the war not only contributes to a good cause but also will be rewarded with a visit from Jacqueline Davies,  author of The Lemonade War.
You can make a contribution to the Sexton Mountain team by sending coins to the office or by visiting:

Upcoming Events
February 12-Science Assembly at 8:25am for 4th and 5th grade only (Energy to Share)
February 8-PTC Meeting at 9:00am
February 14-Dress Your Best Day
February 15-Will Hornyak-Storyteller Assemblies (Living Streams)
February 15-Hundredth Day of School Dance, 6:30-8:30pm
February 18- Presidents’ Day-No School
February 20 Passport Club Check Day (Grades 3,4,5)-Email Heidi at glacierlodge@comcast.net to volunteer.
February 22 5th Grade Biz Town Field Trip
February 22-Art Fair 6:30-8:30pm